Here are a few pictures from our Kindergarten 1 Party. We started with a buffet, which was delicious and then had a lot of fun playing with bubbles, a parachute, balloons, hula hoops, blocks and more!
A very, very big THANK YOU to the parents who helped to set up, contributed a snack and stayed to enjoy our celebration!
As we reflect on our year together, we are also beginning to prepare for our next year at ISS school. Today we discussed our needs, worries, suggestions and the things we are getting excited about, when thinking forward to next year.
We also paid K2LW a visit to ask them some questions about what we can expect in Kindergarten 2. We wanted to know:
After our chat, the children from K2LW showed us something they were really proud of and a game their favourite games. K2 looks fun!
Emergent readers benefit from regular opportunities to see, hear and ‘have a go’ at practising reading behaviours. One skills beginner readers need to develop is the ability to return to a text to find specific information.
'Who Am I' riddles are a fun way of doing this. Here is how the game is played:
Throughout the term, we have explored many ways that stories can be told. We have explored the ways that stories can be expressed through music, on iPads, as movies, in books, through drawings (pictures), during our play and through shows at the theatre.
This week, the children were able to choose how they would like to re-tell one of the fairytales we had read as a class. They created groups, based on the story they chose to perform and worked independently to produce a show for others to enjoy. Before we started, we discussed how we would know that we had been successful in entertaining our audience with our plays. We would need to:
We had a LOT of fun working on and putting on our shows. Take a look at our great work!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Little Red Riding Hoods
The Three Little Pigs
Our swimming sports have been and gone. What a great day it was! It was fantastic to see such confident swimmers enjoying the water and having lots of fun playing lots of different games in the pool.
Thanks to all the mums and dads who came to help and support us and to Mr. Nathan and Mr. Dino for organizing the event.
Keep an eye on the blog for our journal reflections about our first Swim Gala experience!
Our current unit of Inquiry connects to the transdisiplinary theme: How We Express Ourselves. In Kindergarten 1, we have been exploring the idea that people share stories in different ways. One of our lines of inquiry is about the difference between ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’ stories.
Before we could look at how ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’ are different, we needed to find out what these words meant.
During a class discussion, it was decided that ‘real’ was “all the things around us” (Amira), while we recognised ‘imaginary’ as “something that happens your dreams.” (Aubrey)
But what are dreams?
Next, we explored our dreams further by painting the things that we dream about.
This week our Star Name was Rapunzel. We were very excited when Rapunzel came in so that we could interview her!
After our interview we looked carefully at Rapunzel's name and practised the sounds and actions for each letter. There were two new letters - 'P' and 'Z', so we worked hard at remembering their new actions, sounds and formation! We counted 9 letters in Rapunzel's name - and compared it to Abulkhair's. Can you work out which name is longer? Even though Abulkhair's name has more letters than Rapunzel, we noticed that they had the same number of syllables! Lastly, we leant a poem about Rapunzel and thought about lots of words that started with the same letter. What a busy Star Name week!
One of the youngest people in our class has just turned 5 . . on Friday we celebrated Aubrey's birthday.
When we returned from assembly our class was already all set up with a banner and a beautiful, delicious cake for Aubrey. All crowded around one table, we sang Aubrey the 'Happy Birthday' song in English and Mandarin. Then Aubrey made a wish. He blew out the candles and we counted as we took them off the cake . . . 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. At the end of the day, Aubrey had some fun goodie bags to give out. Lucky us!
Thank you to Aubrey and his family for sharing your special day with us. Aubrey, we hope you enjoyed your celebrations at school.